It’s rumoured that there are only 13 hours left of Game of Thrones. We know. How will we overcome the grief and probable shock of its ending?
Hopefully with a prequel, that’s how. It turns out HBO may not really want to get rid of one of the most successful TV series’ ever and are exploring how a spin-off could work.
The idea is to go well into GoT geek territory and explore the events and characters who have only been mentioned as historical references that shaped the history of Westoros.
While speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, current HBO President of Original Programming, Casey Bloys, said:
“All I can say is that we’re exploring it. We don’t have any scripts, we’re not even close to saying ‘Oh let’s do this.’
“But it’s a big enough property that we would be foolish not to explore it. It’s a really rich world. We’d be foolish not to look at it.”
It’s not clear which direction they would take but it’s thought it could be based on Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Egg which exists 90 years before the events we’ve been following.
Dunk and Egg are Ser Duncan the Tall, who was a Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and Aegon V Targaryen (Master Aemon’s younger brother and Khaleesi’s great grandpa), who was his squire and then went on to be the 15th Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne. The story would follow their adventures.
Show creator David Benioff has previously said he wouldn’t be interested in working on it, saying:
“You might want to ask George [R.R. Martin] about that. It's a great world that George created. I think it's a very rich world, and I'm sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it.”
George in the meantime has said:
"I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones, so there's a lot of material there and I’m writing more."
Saying that, we’ve still got two seasons of the show – albeit offensively short ones – and George R.R. Martin has still got a book to finish before we get there.
But if we can do anything in these dark, wintery times, it’s to hold on to our hope – and besides, we’ll always have this blooper reel.